Our lifestyle and our work – especially in the office – often does not need nor does not allow big muscle work. Along with the lack of fresh air, lack of ecologically pure products and a lack of sunshine, all this leads to disruption harmonic function of our body. Ongoing concerns and stress lead to increasing of harmful substances and toxins in the body. The best, easiest and natural way how to get rid of these problems, it is just a massage.
Effect of massage on the skin
Мassaging of skin we affect on all of its layers on cutaneous blood vessels and muscles to the sweat and sebaceous glands, and also affect on the central nervous system, to which skin is connected.
Massage has a large effect on the skin
- Cleanses of dead skin particles together from foreign particles (pollen, etc.) which come into skin pores even microbes that are normally on the skin surface
- Improves the function of sweat and sebaceous glands, and purify their excretory routes
- Activates the lymphatic and blood circulation of the skin, strengthening the circulation in the skin and consequently improves the nutrition of the skin, in resulting the dry and pale skin gets pink, increases muscle tone, which makes the skin smooth, elastic and firm
- Improves the local and overall metabolism, because the skin is involved in all these processes in the body.
Massage effect on the subcutaneous and fat layer
Massage works through metabolism on adipose tissue. Intensifying metabolic processes in the body, increases the excretion of fat from fat reserves, massage therefore helps to burn fat, which is in excess amounts in the adipose tissue.
Massage effect on muscles and joints
Massage increases elasticity of muscle fibers, slows the loss of muscle. Massage increases the employability of muscles and accelerates the restore function after higher physical strain. Even short massages (during 3-5 minutes) restores function of tired muscles better than just relaxation lasting 20 to 30 minutes.
Massage has an obvious effect on the joints. Improving blood supply to joints and tissues around the joints, strengthens the connective tissue of joints. According to experimental researches on the performance of tired muscles, after the massage can grow up to 5 – 7 times. After high physical strain, just ten minutes of massage is enough, not only to restore the original muscle performance, but that could also can be increased. Improves blood circulation in muscle, accelerating the supply of oxygen and removal of waste products of metabolism. Resulting is disappearance of muscle soreness and swelling. Overstrain and microtraumas in the joints are causing limited mobility, swelling, change in the composition or decrease of synovial fluid. With massage improves the nutrition of articular tissues and is possible to get rid of painful phenomena and also to prevent them. Moreover, timely performed massage can prevent cartilage damage and sequent formation of arthrosis. Massage can increase the range of motion in the shoulder, elbow, hip and spine.
Massage effect on the nervous system
Nervous system as first receives the massage effect because in the skin there is a huge number of nerves endings. Change of pressure, format and duration of massage, we can increase or decrease nerve irritation, improve the function of nerve fibers which regulate nutrition and sublimation substances of tissues and also affect the functioning of internal organs. Massage affects the peripheral and central nervous system. It has an important influence on the peripheral nervous system, reduces or eliminates pain, accelerates regeneration, prevents or decreases damage of nerves. Very important for the nervous system it is also ambient atmosphere – warmth, soft light, pleasant relaxing music – all this greatly helps the healing effects of massage. The positive effect has such massage also on the autonomic nervous system – which manages the processes that are going on in the internal organs and are not subject to conscious control.
Massage effect on blood and lymphatic system
Massage increases the number of red and white blood cells, improves blood circulation. Causes dilatation of the capillaries and also opens reserve capillaries, which is why it produces abundant blood supply of massaging section but also reflexivem in internal organs, resulting is better oxygen therapy. During rest, in square millimeters in cross-section through muscles works 31 capillaries and after the massage their quantity increases to 1400! Opening the reserve capillaries due to massage improves the flow and distribution of blood in the body, making the heart work easier. Finally, the massage has also effect on lymph circulation. The influence of massage movements lymph flow is accelerating. Moreover to the direct effect on local lymph flow has massage reflective effect to all lymphatic system, improves the function of the lymphatic vessels.
Massage effect on metabolism
Мassage has also effect on the metabolic processes. That promotes the excretion of urine. In the blood increases the amount of hemoglobin, erythrocytes and leukocytes. At the same time massage does not increase amount of lactic acid and also organic acids – the increase of them leads to the development of acidosis – hyperacidity. This explains the beneficial effect on tired or exhausted muscles. Strengthening of metabolism decreases fat reserves. Massage thus has a beneficial effect on the whole organism. Improves the inflow of fresh oxygen and vital energy in the form of nutrients, so the body gets additional charge of warmth and enthusiasm and joy. At the same time with this, the body gets rid of harmful substances. Also in the body activates various biological stimulators – hormones, enzymes, vitamins – massage increases blood flow to the sick organ, improves metabolism, cleanses the tissues and finally secures longed therapeutic effect.